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Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding provided by Peru Hop

Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding

Paracas and Huacachina from Lima with Ballestas Islands and Sand Boarding
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The coastal and desert regions outside Lima offer a world of outdoor adventure far from the city, but complex bus systems—and, for some visitors, a language barrier­—make exploring a challenge. On this full-day tour, travel in comfort from your Lima hotel and hit Paracas and Huacachina with ease. Spot native marine life in the Paracas National Reserve and try sandboarding on South America’s largest dunes.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 18h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Awards
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2021
Available languages
English, Spanish
Highlights
  • Spot native marine life up-close in the Paracas National Reserve 
  • Zoom up South America’s largest dunes by dune buggy and try sandboarding
  • Enjoy views over the coastal and desert landscapes outside Lima
  • Hassle-free round-trip travel from your accommodation in central Lima
What to expect
  • Get picked up in the morning at your central Lima accommodation, transfer to the coastal town of Paracas by direct bus, and hop aboard a speedboat. The adventure begins as you zip out across the waves to the Ballestas Islands in the Paracas National Reserve. On arrival, watch native marine species including birds, penguins, and sea lions in their natural habitat. Your informative guide provides insight into the animals’ behavior and environment while you capture the scenery on camera. Return to Paracas and continue to Huacachina, a remote oasis in the Ica Desert and home to the biggest dunes in South America. Zoom across the sand by dune buggy and give sandboarding a try. With your powerful buggy to help you reach the top of the dunes, you’ll save plenty of energy for sandboarding.  Depart Huacachina and return in comfort to your Lima accommodation, where your tour ends.
Awards
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2021
Know before you go
  • Duration: 18h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Highlights
  • Spot native marine life up-close in the Paracas National Reserve 
  • Zoom up South America’s largest dunes by dune buggy and try sandboarding
  • Enjoy views over the coastal and desert landscapes outside Lima
  • Hassle-free round-trip travel from your accommodation in central Lima
What to expect
  • Get picked up in the morning at your central Lima accommodation, transfer to the coastal town of Paracas by direct bus, and hop aboard a speedboat. The adventure begins as you zip out across the waves to the Ballestas Islands in the Paracas National Reserve. On arrival, watch native marine species including birds, penguins, and sea lions in their natural habitat. Your informative guide provides insight into the animals’ behavior and environment while you capture the scenery on camera. Return to Paracas and continue to Huacachina, a remote oasis in the Ica Desert and home to the biggest dunes in South America. Zoom across the sand by dune buggy and give sandboarding a try. With your powerful buggy to help you reach the top of the dunes, you’ll save plenty of energy for sandboarding.  Depart Huacachina and return in comfort to your Lima accommodation, where your tour ends.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 26488P4
Call +6037-7240250
Important information
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Restroom on board
  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel
  • 2-hour boat tour to the Ballestas Island
  • 2-hour Sandboarding and dunne buggy tour
  • Bilingual Guide
  • Entry/Admission - Islas Ballestas
  • Entry/Admission - Oasis of Huacachina
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
Duration
18h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • The exact pick up time will be provided through the Viator chat.
  • McDonald's Parque Kennedy, Av. Oscar R. Benavides 140 Miraflores, Cercado de Lima, Miraflores 15074, Peru Passengers must be OUTSIDE McDonald's at 5:30 am, for pick up between 5:30 am and 5:40 am.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please bring breakfast with you (direct bus).
  • Please don’t be late, as bus must leave on time to do Ballestas Islands at 10:00 am.
  • Bring sunscreen, it is hot all year round in Paracas and Huacachina.
  • Food is not included, although we have discounts in many restaurants.
  • See itinerary for hour by hour plan.
  • Important holidays: Easter weekend April 14-17 and July 28-30 is Independence Day Celebration in Peru: The pick-up time will be 1 hour before the usual time, Sandboarding/dunebuggy (Huacachina) only 1 hour (all operators) and Ballestas Islands (Paracas) only1 hour and 30 minutes (all operators)
  • Warm weather all year round. Light-weight jumper/jacket for speedboat ride to Ballestas. Closed-toe footwear for Sandboarding.
  • Minimum age is 3 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
Inclusions
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Restroom on board
  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel
  • 2-hour boat tour to the Ballestas Island
  • 2-hour Sandboarding and dunne buggy tour
  • Bilingual Guide
  • Entry/Admission - Islas Ballestas
  • Entry/Admission - Oasis of Huacachina
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • The exact pick up time will be provided through the Viator chat.
  • McDonald's Parque Kennedy, Av. Oscar R. Benavides 140 Miraflores, Cercado de Lima, Miraflores 15074, Peru Passengers must be OUTSIDE McDonald's at 5:30 am, for pick up between 5:30 am and 5:40 am.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
18h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Please bring breakfast with you (direct bus).
  • Please don’t be late, as bus must leave on time to do Ballestas Islands at 10:00 am.
  • Bring sunscreen, it is hot all year round in Paracas and Huacachina.
  • Food is not included, although we have discounts in many restaurants.
  • See itinerary for hour by hour plan.
  • Important holidays: Easter weekend April 14-17 and July 28-30 is Independence Day Celebration in Peru: The pick-up time will be 1 hour before the usual time, Sandboarding/dunebuggy (Huacachina) only 1 hour (all operators) and Ballestas Islands (Paracas) only1 hour and 30 minutes (all operators)
  • Warm weather all year round. Light-weight jumper/jacket for speedboat ride to Ballestas. Closed-toe footwear for Sandboarding.
  • Minimum age is 3 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Temperature checks for tour participants upon arrival
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    McDonald's Parque Kennedy
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Miraflores
  • 1
    Islas Ballestas
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Oasis of Huacachina
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
712 reviews
Excellent
573
Very good
92
Average
29
Poor
5
Terrible
13

Margaret C
10 contributions
Lima day trip 2021
Nov 2021 • Couples
This is a LONG day. The bus is extremely comfortable so that helped. Huacachina was absolutely stunning. The food that was our only option to eat wasn’t that great. It felt rushed between all events but we had a great time. If we had a longer trip we would have stayed overnight in Huacachina because the town was so cute and looked fun.
Written 23 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jett H
2 contributions
Wild Ride in Huacachina!!
Nov 2021 • Solo
Paracas was cool but Huacachina was definitely the highlight. Sand boarding and careening through the desert on a dune buggy was awesome!! Wish I would’ve stayed the night in Huacachina.
Written 18 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ana A
22 contributions
Not great at all - very average to poor.
Very average experience. We booked the activity and received no confirmation other than the ticket so we weren’t sure if they got it until the morning of the pick-up.

Our ticket said the hotel pick-up would be at 6am but at 5h30 they were already in the hotel lobby for us to go so obviously we had to rush.

The first stop was ok. The boat’s engine broke down which meant we were delayed for the rest of the day. The lunch place was not good at all - don’t order the seafood rice.

Then we went to Huacachina where we spent most time waiting around for the rest of the group to be ready. We were a huge group and they simply lack the organisation to have a group of this size. So, on top of being delayed already, we had to waste time waiting for everyone to show up to start the tour which would mean a shorter activity. At one point, the activities providers had to actually rush them otherwise we would have just stayed and wasted more sun light. My advice, book the activities separately so you can start them independently. However, please book them with their partners in Huacachina because the buggy riding and the sand boarding were just amazing. We loved our driver - it was so fun! Really the highlight of the day.

We then had dinner at the lodge they suggested and went back. My boyfriend had a really bad stomach bug from something we ate (not sure from which of the places they took us). We beg them to stop at a restaurant on the way and they insisted it had to be a gas station so he had to wait in pain until we got to a gas station. They were not concerned at all. The only thing they were concern about was “not to go number two in the bus bathroom” which they said repeatedly during the drive.

All in all, I wouldn’t use them again. My review is average instead of poor because of the great activity provider we had in Huacachina which really saved the day with some fun!

Other than that, not great.
Written 7 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Teresa R
5 contributions
Cool experience but not the best guide
Oct 2021 • Couples
The island trip was cool but mostly did it to see the penguins and there was maybe 5 and the rest of the island was entirely birds and sea lions. After the island they took us to a restaurant for lunch where the food was not very good at all. We barely ate any of our meals. Luckily there’s some markets we were able to get snacks. The dune buggy’s was a blast and the sand boarding was so much fun! The only cons for this trip was the driving time was a lot! It’s about 4 hours to the island, 2 hours to the sand dunes and then another 5 hours back to Lima. Our guide wasn’t the greatest at explaining where to go and where to meet after. We really wanted to upgrade to do the standing sand boarding so using snowboards but we couldn’t because we didn’t know where to go and by the time we figured it out they didn’t have any boards left. I would say overall cool experience but maybe use a different tour company to get an even better one.
Written 1 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Juvalle
12 contributions
Sand boarding was so fun! Met great people. Wish I had stayed longer!
Oct 2021 • Solo
This was so fun!! The trip was well organized. The bus was very comfortable and the guides were the best as well!! LUIS was great- knowledgeable, friendly, took us to a couple local spots (his favorite pizza place). The memories on this trip will last a life time 😍!!
Written 31 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Vedrana L
1 contribution
Day trip from Lima to Huacachina
My vacation in Peru couldn’t have started with a better activity than that! The trip was well organized and our guide Ricardo was very friendly, attentive and gave good information on each sight! He even made sure that the sunglasses I forgot in one of the buggies found their way back to me! My highlight of the whole trip was the sandboarding and the breathtaking sunset in the desert. Highly recommended!
Written 28 October 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Esther W
4 contributions
One for the books
Sep 2021 • Friends
Incredible experience! Our guide Christian made sure all our travel needs were catered for. He was organized and his crisis management was top notch 👌 We missed the Ballesta Island due to weather change but we had the chance to visit the National Reserve which was worth it. Then there was a sand storm and our tour bus broke down but again Christian assured us we wouldn't miss our Huacachina adventure and sure enough within minutes tour vans arrived and we were back on the road. It was such an enjoyable trip all thanks to Christian.
I would certainly book again with Peru hop
Written 30 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Amber H
Charleston, SC20 contributions
One of our top excursions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Amazing, made for a long day but very glad we did it. I’ve never seen penguins before so that was awesome. The island stinks from all the bird poop but otherwise was enjoyable. The lunch was cold and not very good, so maybe bring snacks. You can take your backpack onto the dune buggy, felt safer than leaving it at the hotel when you get to huacachina. Also, the hotel has great food you can order to be ready by 1830 so you can eat dinner when you get back before the long journey home. It was a long day but dune buggy and sand boarding was almost as awesome as Machu Picchu. Must do if you have a day in Lima.
Written 29 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

sly n
Medellin, Colombia67 contributions
Great day trip
This is a great tour for those looking for a day trip. You're able to go to the ballesta Islands to see some marine life, go sand boarding and dune bugging in huacachina, and finishing of with amazing sunset views. My tour guide was Christian and he was very enthusiastic and friendly. He also gave me amazing tips to do around the city of Lima afterwards. I recommend this tour and this Christian as a guide.
Written 25 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kathy7996
New York City, NY14 contributions
Fulfilled Day!
It was so much fun!!! It’s a full day, but because you’re having so much fun time goes fast. The bus ride is very comfortable, the boat ride in Paracas was informative and fun, & the sand dunes was amazing!
Written 18 September 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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